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Bill Kirchen - Bulls Head, London.

 
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ian
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2004 5:54 pm    Post subject: Bill Kirchen - Bulls Head, London. Reply with quote

Well, on another thread here I was just talking to Gainster about Teles, so thought I?d say ? I just got back from seeing/hearing Bill Kirchen at the Bulls Head in Barnes (tiny English ?pub? in smart London suburb), and frankly he was bloody fantastic ? best $12 I ever spent .

Don?t know if this was ?country-style rock?, because I?m a UK Blues guy & I know zilch about US Country/Rockabilly music, but this was live-wire virtuoso Tele playing at it?s very best ? simply wonderful.

Really nice modest guy too, & great stage presence ? before the set he sat for an hour in the bar talking to everyone & anyone, no big ego here ? just great playing. Thanks so much Bill, good grief you must have practiced long hard decades to get that good ? a real privilege too see you (& even better to hear you) .

Ian.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2004 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Ian,

From what I've heard of his recordings, he's awesome. I also read somewhere that he takes his vintage Tele along in his suitcase (unscrews the neck bolts - the body has bolts fittings to snug it up with)

it's cool to see someone of his calibre use vintage gear instead of squirreling it away for an investment

If you like the occasional Tele-strangling player, you might check out Will Ray of the Hellecasters. His "Mojo Blues" solo album is phenomenal. I try to play along with it and it's always a great lesson in humility (ie., getting my butt stomped flat)

Steve
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2004 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Ian,

From what I've heard of his recordings, he's awesome. I also read somewhere that he takes his vintage Tele along in his suitcase (unscrews the neck bolts - the body has bolts fittings to snug it up with)

it's cool to see someone of his calibre use vintage gear instead of squirreling it away for an investment

If you like the occasional Tele-strangling player, you might check out Will Ray of the Hellecasters. His "Mojo Blues" solo album is phenomenal. I try to play along with it and it's always a great lesson in humility (ie., getting my butt stomped flat)

Steve
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ian
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2004 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the past I think Bill Kirchen was well known for playing a very beat-up old Tele ? last night it was a newer one ? unusual natural curly maple top, ie two piece cap or veneer ? pups looked like Bardens (ie with rails) ? B-bender ... Amp was an old Fender Silverface combo (Twin Reverb?).

Before last night I really knew nothing about Bill Kirchen ? a few days ago I listened to a couple of sound clips from his website ? didn?t really like it, not my cup of tea ? but live performance was totally different ? different material & very flashy live-wire playing from all over the neck (& everywhere of it). Scintillating stuff .

Ian.
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